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- Conor McGregor is a "piece of s—" and a "scumbag," according to his recent opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager.
- Ali Abdelaziz had choice words for the Irishman when discussing future options for his client.
- One of those options is a rematch against McGregor, a fighter he defeated with ease in October 2018.
- The bout has been talked up by the UFC boss Dana White.
- But the rematch does not have to take place in an Octagon, Abdelaziz said.
- He warned McGregor to "beef up" his security as the fight could "happen in the street, parking garage, under the bridge."
Khabib Nurmagomedov was recently slapped with a nine-month backdated ban from fighting, but that may not stop him from rematching Conor McGregor "in the street."
That is according to Ali Abdelaziz, Nurmagomedov’s manager, who had choice words for McGregor when he called the Irishman "a full-blown piece of s— scumbag," during a recent interview with TMZ Sports.
The pair famously fought at UFC 229, when Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor with a tight neck crank in the fourth round of a wild bout in October 2018.
Rather than celebrate his stoppage win, Nurmagomedov leaped over the fence and charged at McGregor’s cage-side friend Dillon Danis. While that was going on, members of Nurmagomedov’s team were seen invading the Octagon and exchanging punches with McGregor.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission have given both athletes suspensions for the parts they played in the incident, at a recent disciplinary hearing.
Though McGregor is free to fight from April 7 onwards, Nurmagomedov was handed a nine-month ban which could be reduced to six (the same as McGregor’s) should he film and distribute an anti-bullying public service announcement.
A rematch in the Octagon has been talked up by the UFC, as the company president Dana White said it "should happen" in 2019.
But Octagon or no Octagon, it may be a quarrel that happens "in the street, in the parking garage, under a bridge," Abdelaziz said.
He told TMZ Sports: "Conor McGregor is a f—— full-blown piece of s— scumbag. That’s what people want. All the trailer trash… a guy related to them."
The Nevada commission alluded to a possible policing of the way fighters conduct themselves and the things they say to promote fights, but Abdelaziz said "let them talk," adding that the more McGregor talks, "the more he gonna get whooped."
Abdelaziz said: "Bro, this fight will happen in the street, parking garage, under the bridge. This s— is not over. Especially when you keep running your mouth." In a final warning, he added: "This dude better beef up security everywhere he goes."
Abdelaziz is no stranger to controversy as he has long adopted an abrasive attitude in previous statements. After his client Nurmagomedov’s stunning win over McGregor and the post-fight riots that followed, he simply said "s— happens."
He later said McGregor should consider quitting fighting forever and just open up a liquor store, before claiming Nurmagomedov had the power to knock Floyd Mayweather down should the Russian cross over into the boxing world and challenge the unbeaten American — like McGregor unsuccessfully tried to do in 2017.
It is unclear who Nurmagomedov will return against should he fight this year, but McGregor has been linked with a lot of fighters, including old rival Nate Diaz. However, he looks increasingly likely to comeback against Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone, who is the winningest fighter in UFC history.
White previously acknowledged that McGregor and Cerrone wanted to fight, and said the match-up would be "fun."
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Source: Business Insider